Kindness Feeds the Heart

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
       ~ Dalai Lama




This past Friday night I was leaving work tired and frustrated (again) and I walked past someone who looked as tired and frustrated as I was. I realized after he passed that I didn't even offer a smile. Wow, I just made his day, well, if not any better, maybe even a little worse. That was when I realized I was letting my frustrations at work leak into my kindness outside of work. Basically, I was a grump and a grouch.

Well, that just wouldn't do. So, I sought some inspiration from my favorite philosopher, Winnie the Pooh:

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

Well, who can possibly argue with Pooh Bear? It doesn't look like things at work are going to get better any time soon, but, well, I'm just going to have to keep a spare smile or two in my hip pocket compliments of  Pooh bear.



Oh my . . . so many fun things to tell you about this card.

I love using the 6" x 6" paper pads Catherine sells at Paper Garden Projects because it makes it so easy to mix and match patterns and colors. This Kaiser Craft La Chateau paper is so much more luscious than my poor photography skills show. The dots on the blue background paper are flocked. The base of the bottom panel and my pull-out tab are die cuts that are included in the paper pack. I didn't use even 1/4 of the pack, so I still have a lot of ideas for it.

If you like this stamp set (Penny Black's Kindness), it's currently on sale. Paper Garden Projects is having a Tinsel and Tools sale. All Christmas stamps, tools, and Copic markers are 20% off.

As you know, I usually get a lot of inspiration from challenges, and no exception here.

My sketch is from Friday Sketchers, Sketch 126.


Since this is a Penny Black stamp, I peeked at this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Week 125. There's lots of wonderful inspiration for Penny Black fans like me, and this week they're asking us to use zigzags or triangles. So, I pulled out my sewing machine and sewed the zigzag stitch around all the panels, even, if you look real close, the focal point panel.

Our Creative Corner's challenge this week was to draw inspiration from this Pottery Barn bedroom. Oh, I love Pottery Barn, so I took a stab at it. I really wanted my card to draw from it's soft colors.

PB image

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #83, Hide and Seek, asked us to create a card with a hidden sentiment. So, if you pull on the pull-tab ribbon to the right, the sentiment comes out: "Kindness feeds the heart."


Here's the rest of the recipe along with the Copic markers I used.


  • Fibers: May Arts ribbon, Stampin' Up! clear tinsel trim
  • Ink – Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic  markers (20% off, see below).
  • Paper – Neenah, Prism Cardstock, Kaiser Craft La Chateau.
  • Stamp: Penny Black Kindness Cling Set
  • Tools: Nestabilities (20% off)
  • Embellishments: A button from Mom's button jar, Stampin' Up! metallic eyelets
  • Misc.: Flower Soft Polar White and Citrus Crush

kclechateau  PBkindness



You know you kind readers always make me smile. So, I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from wonderful Winnie the Pooh:

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."


Sweet Comments

  1. Adorable card and colored so beautifully. It is true that a smile can brighten a persons day.

  2. Love It!  Think this might be my favorite of all times and as you know, I am a life time fan.

  3. What a delightful  card! Such an adorable image & love the hidden sentiment w/the bow! Thanks for joining us at the SSC this week.

  4. stunning card linda…..great colour work and love the zig zag stitching….thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday…hugs kath xxx

  5. Hi Linda, such a lovely image. Beautifully colored. I love your color combination, so very nice and the trim around the image is perfect adornment. Beautiful bow! Thank's for playing along with us this week in our  <a href="Stamptacular">Stamptacular</a> Hide and Seek challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
    <a href="Danielle">Danielle</a>

  6. Hi, your card is gorgeous and the quotes made me smile, thank you.
    Liz x

  7. This is drop dead beautiful!  (love the little tag)

  8. Wow Linda, this is one gorgeous card! amazing details and gorgeous colours,one fantastic card!!! thanks for joining us at pbsc.

  9. Very vivid colors, such a beauty! love the sparkles and thanks for the pics of the copics – extra effort ! xox ~Jeni

  10. Oh wonderful cute card.

  11. Stunning, stunning, stunning. I love this image and the sentiment is just perfect for the card. You have made an absolutely beautiful piece of art. It is perfect for our Hide and Seek Challenge at SSC. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hugs xx

  12. Oh, this is beautiful!  Such wonderful colors and I love how you've hidden your message! 

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    Thanks for playing with us at <a href="">Stamptacular Sunday</a> this week!  Good Luck on our Hide N Seek challenge!
    Dee (Spryte)♥ 
    <a href="">Sprytebyrds Spot</a>

  13. Robin Burgeson says:

    That blue on the girl's outfit is so bright and awe inspiring.  You did a great job.

  14. Robin Burgeson says:

    I guess I'm waiting for approval to talk on your site, but I really want to let you know I'm very impressed with your style!


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